Global Business Optimism Turns Down in October

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Kathleen Madigan Businesses in the U.S. and around the world are taking a dimmer view of the future, according to a global survey released Monday, leading to cutbacks in employment and spending plans. Optimism among 6,100 companies surveyed by ...

Swiss to Vote on Central Bank's Gold

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

ZURICH--Swiss voters will decide Nov. 30 on an initiative that would force the country's central bank to more than double its gold holdings, a prospect that has rattled markets and drawn opposition from the government, lawmakers and business groups. The ...

Europe Stocks Rise on Draghi's Stimulus Hints

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Josie Cox European shares rose tentatively in early trade Monday, still feeling the effects of last week's hints at further stimulus from Mario Draghi. In early trade, the Stoxx Europe 600 was 0.1% higher, while Paris's CAC gained 0.2% ...

China Rate Cut Supports Oil Prices; OPEC Meeting Looms

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Eric Yep Crude-oil futures were supported by last week's surprise interest rate cuts by China even as markets brace for the highly anticipated meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting countries later this week. On the New York ...

Singapore October CPI +0.1% On Year; DJ Poll Tipped +0.5%

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Gaurav Raghuvanshi SINGAPORE--Singapore's consumer prices rose at a slower-than-expected pace in October, due to a decline in private road transport and housing costs. The consumer-price index rose 0.1% year-on-year in October, compared with the median estimate for a 0.5% ...

Putin Circumspect on Re-Election

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retain his post forever, but doesn't rule out running in 2018, and said the Western sanctions against Moscow violate human rights and are aimed at sowing discord in Russian society. In an ...

Charoen Pokphand Group Denies $10 Billion Buyback of Tesco's Thai Unit

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Warangkana Chomchuen BANGKOK--Charoen Pokphand Group, Thailand's leading conglomerate, on Monday denied reports that it was considering buying back a local supermarket chain from British retailer Tesco PLC (TSCDY). "The reports in the media had no ground," Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman ...

Friends Life Suspends Share Buy Back Program

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

LONDON--Financial services company Friends Life Group Ltd (FLG.LN) said Monday that it has decided to suspend its share buy back program until it reaches an agreement on terms and conditions of a possible all share combination with Aviva PLC (AV.LN). ...

AIG Case May Turn on Nonstar Witnesses

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

By Leslie Scism WASHINGTON--The headlines in the long-running trial over the bailout of American International Group Inc. have been dominated by three heavy hitters who testified--and one who didn't. But as testimony likely wraps up Monday after eight weeks, legal ...

Subscribers: Japan Market Items Not Available Due to Holiday

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

Items about Japan's markets that are usually published on a regular schedule won't be published Monday due to a public holiday. The items will resume Tuesday. (END) Dow Jones Newswires November 23, 2014 18:49 ET (23:49 GMT) Copyright (c) 2014 ...

BHP Billiton PLC BHP Billiton 2014 Demerger Update

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 24, 2014

TIDMBLT RNS Number : 7708X BHP Billiton PLC 23 November 2014 NEWS RELEASE Release Time IMMEDIATE Date 24 November 2014 Number 21/14 Demerger Update BHP Billiton today announced a number of appointments to the management team of the new company ...

Swiss Central Bank Chief Warns on Impact of Gold Vote

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 23, 2014

By Andrew Morse ZURICH--The head of the Swiss National Bank reiterated concerns that a popular vote on requiring the central bank to keep a fifth of its assets in gold would hinder its ability to conduct monetary policy. In text ...

Swiss to Vote on Central Bank's Gold

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 23, 2014

By Neil MacLucas And Chiara Albanese ZURICH--Swiss voters will decide Nov. 30 on an initiative that would force the country's central bank to more than double its gold holdings, a prospect that has rattled markets and drawn opposition from the ...

Putin Circumspect on Re-Election, but Critical of Western Sanctions

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 23, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not retain his post forever, but doesn't rule out running in 2018, and said the Western sanctions against Moscow violate human rights and are aimed at sowing discord in Russian ...

Big Homes Can Complicate Retirement

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 23, 2014

By Jonathan Clements Once you've paid for your house, how much will it cost you? This is a crucial issue for anyone looking ahead to retirement. The more expensive your home, the more of a drain it'll likely be in ...

Brazil Government Reduces 2014 Economic Growth Forecast

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 22, 2014

By Rogerio Jelmayer SÃO PAULO--Brazil's economy is likely to grow 0.5% this year, according to country's Planning Ministry, reducing its previous forecast of a 0.9% gross domestic product growth rate. The reduced forecast still sounds optimistic when compared with private-sector ...

Wireless Carriers Bid Up US Airwaves To Record

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 22, 2014

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 11/22/14) By Thomas Gryta and Ryan Knutson The Federal Communications Commission's auction of wireless spectrum licenses has collected $34 billion in bids, turning what was expected to be a relatively sleepy affair into a likely ...

Lavrov Says West Is 'Seeking Regime Change' in Russia

TODAY: Nov. 24, 2014 PUB DATE: Nov. 22, 2014

By Alexander Kolyandr MOSCOW--Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday accused the West of "seeking regime change" in his country by imposing sanctions against Moscow. His comment chimed with remarks made by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Russia should ...